Hot Streak and Pearl Secret set for King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Last Updated: 13/06/14 10:27am
Hot Streak will meet Pearl Secret in the King's Stand
Qatar Racing's star sprinters Hot Streak and Pearl Secret look set to lock horns for the third time this season in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot next week.
Kevin Ryan's Hot Streak finished third in the Palace House Stakes at Newmarket on his three-year-old debut, with the David Barron-trained Pearl Secret a disappointing eighth having made a winning return to action at Nottingham.
Pearl Secret closed the gap in last month's Temple Stakes at Haydock, but Hot Streak again won the argument by half a length to give Qatar Racing a one-two.
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Connections had considered splitting their pair of aces at the Royal meeting and reports earlier this week suggested that a clash between the pair would be avoided, but the latest plan is that they will instead do battle once more over five furlongs on Tuesday.
Hannah Wall, assistant to owner Sheikh Fahad's racing manager David Redvers, said: "With Hot Streak and Pearl Secret, the plan at the moment is for both to run in the King's Stand.
"Jamie (Spencer) is going to ride Hot Streak and Richard Hughes will be on Pearl Secret.
"It's been a team decision and something we have talked about a lot.
"Hot Streak seems to have incredible maturity, both physically and mentally. He wouldn't have wanted the ground to be as testing as it was last time at Haydock and Kevin Ryan is on record as saying that he thinks he is the best horse he has trained.
"David Barron has done incredibly well with Pearl Secret after he had a well-documented injury last year that restricted him to just one run and after an unlucky run first time at Newmarket, he got closer at Haydock, but it's possible that had he been able to race closer to Hot Streak he might have finished even closer than he did. David maintains that he holds him in the highest regard."